Please Help! We tried to install XP on my boyfriend's Acer that had Vista on it. We formated the HD and when restarted it tells us that the Boot Mgr is missing. Everything that I lok up says to put the install CD in, and that would be great if we had one, but Vista was already on his computer when he bought it. Can you help?
Are you trying to dual boot? Download Vistabootpro and repair the MBR. Be sure and point at the drive partition that Vista is on because the file you need is there. I did not have a restore disk and this worked.
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I could have told you you were loading Windows 7 by the symptoms. Try running a Malware program with a register edit-register function in it. If you are switching from XP Pro. you will need to clear your register and all command and drive to . Set BIOS to boot from DVD/CD first then set the hard drive to boot second. Windows. Also if you have access to another computer ask microsoft for tech support.
Acer is known for that. The easiest way to format the hard drive is to insert any windows installation cd, then when the computer first powers on, press F12 and change the boot order to boot from cd. Follow the instructions through, and one of the steps will ask you to format the hd. Another way is to hook up the hd secondary on another computer and format it.
What I am going to say pertains to Windows XP (I cannot vouch it will work for Vista, because I do not have Vista).
Boot from the installation CD, Choose Repair installation. You will have access to the recovery console. Log in the Windows installation that is detected. You will be asked for the adminstrator password. Once logged in Type Help. In the list of commands available there is one called FIXMBR. Check its syntax by typing Help fixmbr, or even fixmbr ? Type the correct command at the prompt and hit enter/return. It should fix it. After that Press CTRL ALT DEL to reboot.
If that does fix the mbr use another computer and query the microsoft knowledge base for Recovery Console (or the equivalent for Vista) and following the instructions. Hope it helps.
DEAR, 1. install XP service pack 2, format in Fat(32) or NTFS system file, 2. delete the partitions 3. restart your computer with XP service pack 2 4. dont format as quick format, 5. do full format 6. XP service pack 2 serial key: XP8BF-F8HPF-PY6BX-K24PJ-TWT6MA
The problem is caused by Formatting the HDD in Vista before moving back to the system.
Simplest fix, hook it back to the Vista system and delete the partition from the drive in disk management. Once that is done, then put the drive with no partition in the XP system and boot to the XP CD, create a new partition and install XP